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Human Writes
Screenwriter Robert King talks about the shadows in "Red Corner," Richard Gere's new film. [2]
Ray Pride


Full Reviews
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Heaven and Mirth
From the makers of "Trainspotting" comes ... ??? [3]
Devin D. O'Leary

Lifeless Romance
"A Life Less Ordinary," by director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge takes the dark side of human nature and tries to twist it into a light tale of young love. The results: Mostly weird and embarrassing. [4]
Stacey Richter

Hackwork
Noel Murray knows what you did last summer and wishes he didn't; "A Life Less Ordinary" is not-so-heavenly hash. [5]
Noel Murray and Jim Ridley

Feeling Groovy
The long and short of "Boogie Nights," and "A Life Less Ordinary"'s leap of faith. [6]
Susan Ellis

Lonely Boys
Writer/director Wong Kar-Wai's "Happy Together" may be short on plot, but it's long on atmosphere. [7]
Gary Susman

Mr. Soul
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch follows rocker Neil Young around for the sake of documentary. [8]
Michael Henningsen

Examining Motives
Review of "The Devil's Advocate." [9]
Mary Dickson


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix

  • Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • Eye of God
  • Red Corner
  • Gattaca
  • Critical Care
  • Switchback

Chicago NewCityNet

  • Critical Care
  • Switchback

Tucson Weekly

  • Devil's Advocate
  • Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • Gattaca
  • Playing God
  • Year Of The Horse


Volume I, Issue 22
November 3 - November 10, 1997

I f there doesn't seem to be much variety to this week's film section, perhaps it's because everybody saw "A Life Less Ordinary" last week. Why else would we have four reviews of the film? According to the abundant write-ups, the latest effort from the team responsible for "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" is not only anything but ordinary, it's also anything but good. You know what, though? I'll probably see it anyway. Here's why:

I mean, with negative reviews like those, who needs positive ones?

Also reviewed this week are "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Happy Together," "Year of the Horse" and "Boogie Nights" -- the latter of which I recommend. The movie, I mean, but by all means read the review too. Though "Boogie Nights" has its share of shortcomings (I never cared much about any of the characters), it is nonetheless an amazingly daring, entertaining and well-made film.

Elsewhere we've got a great guide to horror video rentals, an interview with the screenwriter behind "Red Corner," and a look at a couple books about silent-screen wonderwomen Mary Pickford and Alla Nazimova. How's that for variety? Hmm? Hmmm?? HMMMMM???


Behind the Scenes
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Siren Songs
New biographies of Russian stage actress Alla Nazimova and silent film star Mary Pickford unveil mysterious figures. [13]
Steve Vineberg


Video + TV
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Flick or Treat
Halloween rentals from Cronenberg, Carpenter, Romero, Roeg, and more, courtesy of Murray and Ridley. [14]
Noel Murray and Jim Ridley


Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certainly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [15]

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